Inter Milan vs. Lazio Rome / Serie A – Only one match of irregular 18th round of Italian Serie A will be played Wednesday evening, between old rivals Inter and Lazio. Both teams are in fairly good shape ahead of this match as they are in series of four wins and one defeat. The Romans stands better as they are fourth and have seven points more than seventh-placed Nerazzuri. Besides, Lazio won both their head-to-head played last year, while before that Inter had a series of two wins and one draw in matches against Lazio. Begins: 21.12.2016 – 20:45 CET
Of course that Inter will try to regain primacy over Lazio on Wednesday evening, especially as they play much better recently so for example at home Inter has a series of six consecutive wins. True, two of those were won in the Europa League, which in the end wasn’t enough to pass in the knockout phase, but in the championship they advanced toward positions that lead to Europe, so right now they occupy the seventh place in the standings.
Coach Pioli’s players have won away last weekend, this time Sassulo 1-0, so they will be surely in better mood now against great rivals from the Italian capital, especially as they lag behind them for even seven points at the moment. Regarding the team, we believe that Pioli will change nothing defence and attack this time compared to two previous matches, while he is forced to do so in the midfield, given that besides injured Medel, he cannot count this times on suspended Melo and Joao Mario.
Probable lineups Inter Milan: Handanovic – D'Ambrosio, Murillo, Miranda, Ansaldi – Brozovic, Kondogbia – Candreva, Banega, Perisic – Icardi
Just like their next rival, Lazio had won two times in a row before this match at stadium Guiseppe Meazza, firstly Sampdoria away and then last weekend Fiorentina at home. Before that Lazio suffered an unpleasant defeat by the city rival Roma, but since that was the only mishap in last 12 rounds it is quite clear that Lazio’s players have right to hope for favourable outcome of the match against Inter.
On top of it coach Inzaghi can count in this match on midfielder Parol, given that his suspension has expired in the meantime, so out of action is just injured defender Patric. We need to add that the Romans have won the most points, alongside leading Juventus, in away matches in the Serie A, mostly thanks to more open approach, so it is quite realistic to expect that they will use the same set-up in this match against the Nerazzuri.
Probable lineups Lazio Rome: Marchetti – Bastos, de Vrij, Radu – Anderson, Parolo, Biglia, Milinkovic-Savic, Lulic – Immobile, Keita
Inter Milan – Lazio Rome PICK
Although Lazio has won, alongside leading Juventus, the most points away this season we must have in mind that Inter won previous six home matches, which is the reason why we have decided to give it advantage in this derby.
Pick: Asian handicap 0 Inter
Odds: 1.58 at betvictor (down to 1.54 can be played)